Talk show host Bethenny Frankel is joined by new mom ALANIS MORISSETTE on Wednesday, June 20th. The music superstar chats with Bethenny about “attachment parenting” and the recent breastfeeding controversy that has swept the nation. Let’s just say that Alanis is one of those who would breastfeed her child boobie juice until it’s a teenager.
Check out highlights from the interview below.
Bethenny: So we’ve been talking about the topic of breastfeeding. I breast-fed until my baby was four months. I would’ve loved to go way longer, but it just wasn’t working for me. And most people stop at six months. And how old is your son?
Alanis: He’s a year and half.
Bethenny: A year and half… and you are still breastfeeding now?
Bethenny: And how long would you go?
Alanis: Until he is finished.
And the audience goes wild.
Bethenny: So you guys like that? So what does that mean? Does that mean if he was five [years old] that would work too?
Alanis: Yeah, I think one of the misperceptions about breastfeeding, when they get a little bit older, is the thought that it is still as often as it is when women do it in the first six months. It’s not every two hours.
Bethenny: Oh, I didn’t know that, ok. There is food involved also, so it’s not the only food they’re getting.
Alanis: Yeah. Tons of solids and a lot of times it’s around naptime or if they hurt themselves, they equate breastfeeding with comfort and nurturance and connection…
Bethenny: The thing I think is interesting is people get very critical about this and this isn’t about being judgmental. I really just want to talk about it. Because for me, I felt that I wanted it to be my own time. I think a lot of people in the press are talking about is it good for the child? And of course that’s the most important thing. But, sometimes the Mother wants to have that connection. To continue to have that connection. I liked that it was something I had alone with my daughter…and when that stopped, I was sad.
Alanis: It is about the Mom and the Child too. There is a mutual benefit and I think the extremes is where people get a little bit scared and the topic gets really heated…